HR Project Phases

Project management is divided into three phases below – Defining, Implementing, and Maintaining. Every project moves through this project management lifecycle. Within each phase, workshops focused on Overview, Skills Development and Integration have relevance. Listed in each phase are examples of the types of skills and competencies needed and sample workshops that will teach or enhance these skills. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on all HRPMO U education – we are adding new workshops every day. 

Phase 1 - Define The Problem
  • To The Business Need
  • Your Executive Sponsor
  • The Deliverable
  • Your Business Case
  • The Business Requirements
  • Business Process Efficiency
  • Cost/Benefit Requirements
  • The Tasks on the Critical Path
  • Stakeholder Impact
  • Organizational Readiness
  • Change Management
  • Risk
  • Business Practice
  • Cross Functional Impacts

Building Your Business Case (O)


The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.”

The “Build Your Own Business Case” Workshop is designed for Human Resources and Human Capital Management professionals by HR/HCM practitioners.  It is focused on providing education which will familiarize the attendee with all aspects of building a business case from start to finish and is recognized by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) for 4.0 strategic business credits.

Project Leadership (S)

Successful project managers are those who practice both strong management skills and effective leadership skills. Leadership skills are not the same as management skills. Knowledge of project management framework and methodologies, as well as strong management skills can be gained through experience and practice. Leadership skills can be learned and leadership qualities can be developed. Effective leaders develop new leadership skills to complement those that made them successful as managers.

Phase 2 - Implement The Solution
  • Approval Process
  • Executive Sponsor Alignment
  • Project Scope
  • Stakeholder Register
  • Project Charter Documenting the Business Objectives
  • Project Team Structure
Plan & Design
  • Communication Plan
  • Change Management Plan
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Project Plan
  • Project Resources
  • Project Budget
Production & Execution
  • Build Deliverables
  • Track Project Attributes, i.e. Progress, Timeline, Risks, Issues, Budget, Tasks, Milestones
  • Matrixed Relationships
  • Project Leadership
  • Vendor Relationships
  • Test
  • Readiness
  • Stakeholder Management
Monitor & Control
  • Change Requests
  • Project Governance
  • Risks, Issues and Scheduling
  • Project Accounting
  • User Acceptance
  • Project Documentation
  • Project Debriefing – Teams, Results, and ROI
  • Project Lessons Learned

Project Management for HR (O)


The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.”

In this 4-hour workshop, the structure of project management and the different methods used to apply project management to projects including Waterfall, Agile, and PRINCE2 are explored. The workshop considers the value of project management knowledge and certification and its impact on an HR professional’s career path as well as the validity of PM as a career path independently. We evaluate how project management can be applied to HR projects and discuss case studies and lessons learned from the over 120 projects and consider how HR projects differ from other projects in their visibility and sensitivity. Finally, explore how HR professionals can gain and use project management skills to increase their strategic capabilities to plan, align, assess and execute business initiatives that provide value to the enterprise as well as how their HR skills can enhance their capabilities as a Project Manager.

Effective Requirements Management (S)

Implementing requirements management processes, in collaboration with stakeholders, can greatly improve project success rates, leading to consistent delivery of successful projects and improved organizational performance.

This seminar focuses on utilizing requirements management in improving organizational project success rates. It covers effective implementation of requirement processes in any industry, in the public or the private sector, including the tools, techniques and processes.

Delivering Successful Projects … Every Time (S)

Project success can be predictable and repeatable when you utilize major contributors to project success and avoid leading causes of project failure. This workshop describes a recommended approach to ensure consistent delivery of successful projects by focusing on major contributors to project success, including requirements management processes, formal project management methodology and standardized tools and infrastructure, and executive management support.

Phase 3 - Maintain Quality Control
  • Stakeholder Management and Governance
  • Requests Prioritization and Capacity Management
  • Communications
Quality Control
  • Setting Expectations
  • Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Vendor Management
  • Analytics for Governance, Quality Control and Credibility
  • Internal SLA Analytics
  • Vendor SLA Analytics

The Evolution of HR Technology, Reporting and Analytics (O)

This course considers the evolution of HR Analytics through the impact of improved HR technology, reporting mechanisms and design to its current state today. The workshop will review the building blocks of an HR Analytics project such as basic design, build and test concepts, communication best practices, and proper governance to ensure standardized processes keep the technology working long after the implementation team departs. The course opens with a look at the project management process, then focus turns to real steps companies have taken to improve their technology to support their business. Discussion includes potential hurdles, best practices and developing a plan to more effectively implement a system in your company – which can save you countless hours of implementation frustration.